Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has lauded the Ghana Catholic Bishop’s Conference for its approach in responding to national issues.
The former Member of Parliament for Nadowli Kaleo Constituency and Second Deputy Speaker of the 7th Parliament says complementary efforts by religious groups and for that matter, the Catholic Church towards the running of the state cannot be underestimated.
He made the comments in a speech read on his behalf by Member of Parliament for the Lawra Constituency, Hon. Bede Ziedeng during the Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops in Wa last week.
“I appreciate the comportment of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference and your approach in responding to national socio-economic and political issues. Mention should be made of the observation made a few days ago at the opening of this plenary session, where the President of the Conference, Most Reverend Philip Naameh, made insightful observations about the state of our country. It did not sit well with some people who feel that they have a greater stake in the affairs of the country,” he said.
The Speaker in a message to his colleague politicians noted that it cannot be the case that they (Politicians) are more interested in the wellbeing of the masses than religious and traditional leaders in the country.
“Let me take this opportunity to remind my colleagues in politics that before party politics, there was religion. Politicians cannot be said to have a superior interest in the wellbeing of the citizens than religious and traditional leaders. It is therefore incumbent on us as politicians, to be measured in our responses to criticisms from significant groups in our society,” Hon. Bede Ziedeng said.
He continued that “Had it not been for the complementary role played by most of these groups, especially the Catholic Church, in the provision of such social amenities as schools and hospitals, politics would not have made the desired impact in these areas and the state of education and health service delivery would have been worst than it is now.”
The Speaker, through MP for Lawra Constituency, Hon. Bede Ziedeng and a special assistant in the Speaker’s Secretariat, Mr. Lord Michael Baatuolkuu made a cash donation of GH¢ 50,000 to the Bishops Conference.
The NDC Caucus in Parliament also made donation of GH¢ 20,000 to the Bishops.
The donations were made by Hon. Bede Ziedeng, MP for Lawra Constituency, and Mr Lord Michael Baatuolkuu, A Special Assistant in the Speaker’s Secretariat.
Recieving the donation on behalf of his brother Bishops, Most. Rev. Richard Baawobr Kuuia, of the Wa Diocese expressed his appreciation to the Speaker and the NDC Caucus for the kind gesture.